Go Back   Aquarium Advice - Aquarium Forum Community > Saltwater and Reef > Saltwater & Reef - Getting Started
Click Here to Login

Join Aquarium Advice Today
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on AquariumAdvice.com
 
Old 07-31-2009, 08:37 AM   #1
Aquarium Advice Apprentice
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Posts: 11
help with saltwater tank levels!

ok im a total beginner, set my tank up a week ago...my levels at the moment are... nitrite p.p.m 0.05, PH 8.0, alkalinity high 2.9-3.6

i dont know if these are good or bad and what to do if they are bad???

thanks
__________________

__________________
kaykay is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-31-2009, 08:48 AM   #2
Aquarium Advice Activist
 
spikey's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: Melbourne Australia
Posts: 182
I am assuming that your tank at the start of the cycling process and that you have no live fish in the tank?

Normally you would look at the tanks ammonia and nitrites; you may find that in 2-3 weeks time that the ammonia and the nitrite levels go up and then start to come down. While this is happening you will notice that the nitrate level increases. Sorry if you know this.

Give us an update with the levels and we can help some more
__________________

__________________
spikey is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-31-2009, 10:35 AM   #3
Aquarium Advice FINatic
 
Sharkbait430's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: Northern Westchester, NY
Posts: 590
Yeah, agree with spikey. Could you also give us some more basic info about the tank? It does need to go through a cycle so keep that in mind and check the params everyday!

Keep us posted!
__________________
Danilo
Vote AA!
Sharkbait430 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-31-2009, 10:42 AM   #4
Aquarium Advice Apprentice
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Posts: 11
ok the tank is 190 litres, i have put all the salt in and for 4 days the salt levels have been stable at 1.021. the temprature is about 27degrees. iv put in a live rock 2 days ago, which unfortunately had a crab in it, but the crab is still alive so that must be a good sign for my tank!

the only test kit i didnt get with the tank was ammonia so im gona have to go back to the shop and buy that one. the tank has been filled with water for 5 days...
__________________
kaykay is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-31-2009, 11:18 AM   #5
Aquarium Advice FINatic
 
Sharkbait430's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: Northern Westchester, NY
Posts: 590
you should really get that ammonia test ASAP. I would maybe try to raise the SG (specific gravity) to ~1.023 also. the temp is OK, just make sure that it doesnt get too much higher than that. How much LR did you pput in BTW?
__________________
Danilo
Vote AA!
Sharkbait430 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-31-2009, 11:25 AM   #6
Aquarium Advice Apprentice
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Posts: 11
not much live rock, its about 30cm long and 15cm high, added some plants too..again not much just enough to plant into the LR.

also when shud i put the skimmer on?

are my levels ok that i mentioned in my first post? the PH, nitrite and alkalinity?
__________________
kaykay is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-31-2009, 11:30 AM   #7
Thanx but no.....


 
Join Date: Jun 2008
Posts: 2,333
read up on cycling an aquarium. All the answers are there. Once you understand the concept you'll find the questions you have will be much different. Your tank is currently starting to cycle.

RE: Skimmer.. debated topic.. some do during the cycle, some don't. I don't bu then I cure outside the tank. If I cured inside the tank.. I may.

Don't think it matters one way or another as far as your cycle goes. Afterward it will be working overtime for awhile if you wait.
__________________
CaptainAhab is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-31-2009, 11:44 AM   #8
Aquarium Advice FINatic
 
Sharkbait430's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: Northern Westchester, NY
Posts: 590
First off, what do you mean by plants? You are going to need more LR. You need about 1-1.5lbs of LR per gallon. You have roughly a 50gallon tank so I would really consider getting much more LR. Was the LR cured or not when you bought it?

The skimmer you will need but could you list what equipment you have for the tank at the moment so we can get an idea of what equipment you have and dont have?

As for your params, I just want to really stress the fact that you need an ammonia test ASAP, also, we need to see if your tank is cycling which would indicate and explain the slightly elevated nitrites but, again, we would need to see what the ammonia is as well (do you have testing for nitrAte? if not, get that too). pH is ok and alkalinity should be >3.0
__________________
Danilo
Vote AA!
Sharkbait430 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-31-2009, 11:45 AM   #9
Aquarium Advice FINatic
 
Sharkbait430's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: Northern Westchester, NY
Posts: 590
Quote:
Originally Posted by CaptainAhab View Post
read up on cycling an aquarium. All the answers are there. Once you understand the concept you'll find the questions you have will be much different. Your tank is currently starting to cycle.

RE: Skimmer.. debated topic.. some do during the cycle, some don't. I don't bu then I cure outside the tank. If I cured inside the tank.. I may.

Don't think it matters one way or another as far as your cycle goes. Afterward it will be working overtime for awhile if you wait.

I also agree with captain, I really dont think that a skimmer should be on the top of your list, down the line, maybe yes, right away, not so needed
__________________
Danilo
Vote AA!
Sharkbait430 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-31-2009, 12:05 PM   #10
Thanx but no.....


 
Join Date: Jun 2008
Posts: 2,333
I wish there was a sticky about this, it just seems to come up over and over.

A) You DO NOT need a skimmer for a saltwater tank. As the tank size gets larger they are recommended but many many run tanks without a skimmer

B) You DO NOT need a sump for a saltwater tank.

C) You DO NOT need 1.5-2 pounds of live rock for a saltwater tank. You need somewhere for biological activity. Live Rock provides that surface, so do HOB filters, canisters, etc. You can have a hunk of "LR" in your tank just for looks and add additional filtration some where else. If the number of fish is relatively small you can use LR as your filtration at much smaller amounts.

D) Don't put any fish in the tank until you finish the cycle. You need an ammonia test though I'm not sure you have to sprint out of the house to get one. Sooner the better though.

IMO more people new to this hobby fail because they are convinced that they need to spend tons of money on setting a tank up and then when the maintenance and stocking comes around that expense crushes them. There are very few black/whites in this hobby. Especially when it comes to equipment.

Take your time, plan ahead and if expense is a limiting factor look for alternatives.
__________________

__________________
CaptainAhab is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
level, salt, saltwater, saltwater tank, tan

Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on AquariumAdvice.com

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
testing tank levels divedeep1689 Saltwater Reef Aquaria 8 07-10-2009 01:17 AM
Saltwater Reef Tank vrs Saltwater Fish Tank ESL12 Saltwater Reef Aquaria 27 02-27-2009 01:03 AM
How to Lower Calcium Levels? What can High Levels Cause? xxnonamexx Saltwater Reef Aquaria 3 10-11-2005 04:34 PM
Checking tank levels Aussie Saltwater & Reef - Getting Started 6 10-06-2004 11:16 AM
New Tank with high KH and PH levels fd1906 Freshwater & Brackish - General Discussion 15 07-23-2003 10:47 PM







» Photo Contest Winners








Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 09:40 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.